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"The more pain I got, the more driven I got"- Dennis Rodman once shared why he decided to get pierced in his genitals

The Worm admitted that the pain he inflicted to himself with all those piercings and tattoos drove him to be a stronger person.
NBA great Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman is one of — if not — not the most polarizing player in NBA history. He's the type of role player you'd expect to see playing on a championship contender, but also one that comes with a lot of baggage and drama.

Besides making a name for himself with his elite defense and ability to rebound the ball, Rodman also created headlines no thanks to his off-court antics. Former NBA commissioner David Stern even once threatened to kick him out of the league. The Worm always thrived in being free, rebellious, and the "bad boy" of the league, which all had to do with his background and upbringing.

Rodman was numb to any type of pain.

Rodman's childhood was filled with hardships and no direction. He didn't grow up with a father, which he admitted was a huge reason why he got into a lot of trouble. Dennis was a shy and introverted kid, who didn't want to make friends with boys because he was afraid of being around them. Before his basketball talents led him to greener pastures, Rodman together with his mother and siblings were going through turbulent times with their livelihood.

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That's why when Rodman was once asked if he's ever felt any pain when he decided to get so many tattoos and piercing (including one on his scrotum), the 5-time NBA champion said that he was already numb to it especially given his experiences growing up and as an adult. In fact, the pain he inflicted with those piercings drove him to be a stronger person.

"Once you have too much pain in your life, you put pain in your body and I believe that with people when you have so much pain in your life. I went through a pain-driven year and the more pain I got, the more driven I got," Rodman said in a 1-on-1 interview with Graham Bensinger.

How basketball gave Rodman a structure

Dennis and his family often hop around in the streets of Oak Cliff, Dallas. His mother worked 3 jobs to support him and his sisters but was also barely physically present around them. Rodman once admitted that his mother never spent quality time with him or even hugged and told him that she loved him and reached a point where he was kicked out of her house twice.

Thankfully for Dennis, basketball found its way into his life, serving as a passion and a livelihood for him. Although he still continued rebelling in some ways throughout his professional basketball career, the sport still served as a guide for him to become a successful athlete, get through the trauma inflicted by childhood and be a better man in general. 

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